This year, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce that 32 local teens – including several from the North Valley – have been honored with the highest award in Girl Scouting: the Gold Award.

One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “This prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and challenges girls ages 14–17 to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, or globally through unique ‘Take Action’ projects of their own creation.”

Others recognize the value of the Gold Award, too. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships to award recipients and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. For many of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts.

Here is a snapshot of a local honorees’ good works:

Tess Grossman: Hear & Now 
North Valley resident Tess Grossman was born deaf and was later fitted with cochlear implants and taught to communicate orally. As a freshman, she founded a support organization called Hear & Now. Grossman focused on educating members about deaf culture, the struggles of being impaired, services offered by experts, and creating an environment for deaf/hard-of-hearing people in a hearing world.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing thins girls do as part of Girl Scouts. Over ninety percent of Girl Scouts not only attribute their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.